A reputation as best in the business has always been the ambition of one of Canada’s leading independent record labels, Open Road Recordings. Taking pride in garnering award-winning artists with exceptional talent and originality, Open Road has acquired more than 120 Top Ten hits since its inception in 2003. Earning their position as the #1 Canadian country independent label for 11 years in a row (Mediabase) and the #1 Canadian Independent Label overall for two consecutive years.
Founder and CEO, Ron Kitchener (RGK Entertainment Group, Inc.), a pillar in the Canadian music business, has a gift to recognize outstanding talent and surrounds himself with a team of passionate professionals who push boundaries to inspire an artist’s development to attain tier-one status. Kitchener himself has been honoured with several notable awards that have established his proficiency in artist management, including Manager of the Year at the CCMA Awards 14 times.
Open Road Recordings has sold more than two and a half million albums from artists such as Taylor Swift, Johnny Reid, Dean Brody, Tim Hicks, Madeline Merlo, Hunter Brothers, The Road Hammers, Doc Walker, High Valley, Emerson Drive, Blackjack Billy, Reba McEntire, Bradley Gilbert, Jewel, Justin Moore and many more. The company’s artists have garnered 5 Juno Awards (30 nominations) and more than 56 Canadian Country Music Industry Awards (173 nominations).
Boasting a total of over 90 certifications including 1 – 4x Platinum album (Taylor Swift – Fearless), 3 – 3x Platinum albums (Johnny Reid – Dance With Me, Taylor Swift – Speak Now), 3 – 2x Platinum albums, 5 Platinum albums (The Road Hammers – The Road Hammers), and fourteen Gold albums. The history is equally as strong in relation to singles, with 5 – 2x Platinum singles, 22 Platinum singles, and 40 Gold singles. Open Road Recordings has seen a remarkable 20 #1 hits and more than 120 Top 10 singles on the Canadian country radio charts.
2021 marks the 19th year of Open Road Recordings and they welcome newcomer Dustin Bird to the roster with more new music from the entire roster on the horizon.